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Police fire tear gas and water cannons against thousands of Indian protesters (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

2 October, 2018 - 11:58

Preview Police in India have resorted to water cannons and tear gas to disperse thousands of farmers protesting what has been branded unprecedented "agrarian distress," local media reports.
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Putin backs plan to de-dollarize Russian economy

2 October, 2018 - 11:58

Preview Russian President Vladimir Putin supports weaning the country’s financial sector off the US dollar, VTB Bank head Andrey Kostin told RIA Novosti. He added the move doesn’t mean the complete phasing-out of the American currency.
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New mayor of Dakar: Soham El Wardini [The Morning Call]

2 October, 2018 - 11:55

Senegalese politician Soham El Wardini was until recently the first deputy mayor of Dakar, the senegalese capital of almost three million inhabitants. But on saturday, all of that changed. She beat the challenge of several opponents to get off the deputy role to now become the city’s second ever female mayor since its founding in 1857. As a matter of fact she is indeed the first female mayor of the city since Senegal became an independent nation in 1960.
So who is she? And what’s been the response to her emergence?

MINUSCA head Onanga-Anyanga on CAR's peace efforts [The Morning Call]

2 October, 2018 - 11:53

As global leaders met at the United Nations general assembly last week, giving speeches and working out relations, a high‑level meeting on the Central African Republic CAR took place.
There UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ praised the current peace and reconciliation efforts in the country and called on the authorities to ensure women are central participants and drivers of progress.
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga is the head of UN’s Integrated Peacekeeping mission in the CAR known as MINUSCA. Our US correspondent Irene Herman Houngbo present at that forum on the CAR at the UN, caught up with him in an interview. He asked, amid other things, what the peacekeeping head, made of the current peace efforts in the Central African Republic.

Cameroon's 2018 presidential poll: The electoral, voting process

2 October, 2018 - 11:37

Cameroonians prepare to go to the polls on Sunday, October 1, 2018; as campaigns among the various presidential aspirants intensify throughout the national territory.

Elections were conducted in the past by the Ministry of Territorial Administration, elsewhere the Ministry of Interior until the setting up in December 2006 of an independent body, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), to take over the organization, management and the supervision of elections.

During the more than two decades of one-party rule, elections were considered a mere formality due to the fact that voters were not offered a choice between different political parties.

However, the situation changed radically with the return to political pluralism. Elections became hotly contested with uncertain outcomes and looming threats of violence as it was alleged that election management procedures favored the ruling party coupled with numerous irregularities.

Also Read: Ten quick facts about the 2018 presidential elections in Cameroon.

Profiles: Main candidates in Cameroon’s 2018 presidential polls

Cameroon presidential elections: Biya’s record in multi-party era

The Electoral System

The President of the Republic is elected for a seven-year term by universal suffrage and by direct, equal and secret ballot.

According to the Cameroon electoral code, the president is elected by a single-round majority ballot and the candidate having obtained the majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.

It also states that election will not be complete until Cameroon’s Supreme Court rules on requests for annulment and announces the results.

According to ELECAM guidelines, every person of Cameroonian nationality of either sex, who has reached the age of 20 years, is registered and is free from all cases of disqualification provided for by law, is entitled to vote.

Candidates for the office of President of the Republic are expected to be in full possession of their civic and political rights and must be aged 35 years and above by the date of election and will have to show proof of having resided in Cameroon for an uninterrupted period of at least 12 (twelve) months.

The Voting process

The biometric registration of voters is carried out by the country’s election governing body, Elections Cameroon, ELECAM, prior to the elections. Polling is usually organized on a Sunday or a day declared a public holiday and lasts a single day.

The electoral code provides that one polling station is set up for a maximum of 500 electors and every polling station shall be located in public premises or in premises open to the public.

Each voter is allowed into the polling station after presenting their voter’s card and proving their identity by producing their national identity card.

Youths stab German journalist, perform Nazi salute at the scene – report

2 October, 2018 - 11:33

Preview Three German youths reportedly stabbed a local journalist in the eastern town of Naumburg, performing a Nazi salute after the incident. The reporter narrowly escaped death despite sustaining a 6cm-deep stab wound

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Serbian president arrives in Moscow after Kosovo border crisis

2 October, 2018 - 11:28

Preview Days after placing the Serbian military on high alert over a border incident with Kosovo, President Aleksandar Vucic is visiting Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
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People worldwide trust Putin more than they trust Trump, says US think-tank poll

2 October, 2018 - 11:14

Preview A recent worldwide opinion poll conducted by Pew Research Center shows that Vladimir Putin enjoys more trust than Donald Trump, and analysts blame this fact on America’s selfish and reckless foreign policy.
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